I think I speak for many teachers when I say that we try to incorporate "service learning" projects and community service projects into our curriculum as often as we can. (Or perhaps it's just me. Either way, I'm too tired to care.)
Yesterday we wrote "Thank You" cards to a group of service men and women stationed in Iraq. A good friend of a co-worker is stationed there, and we have often talked about sending a "pick-me up" from the kids.
The card writing activity gave us a great opportunity to talk about SO many things, but unfortunately the killing of enemy persons and bad guys DID come up. OFTEN. (I managed to steer clear of that smoother than Jimmy Johnson at the Daytona 500.)
I laughed out loud this morning as I looked through them, though. They were all adorable and special, but these two were keepers.
And as far as the card below, I'm PRETTY sure we never mentioned Japan OR World War II, but at this point in the year I don't even remember what day it is.
(Other people? Did you all get that? SO endeth the lesson.)